October 2, 2011

Huntsman World Senior Games Oct 2-14

world-senior-games, st george, Utah

On October 3rd The Huntsman World Senior Games will come back to Saint George to celebrate its 25th year.  Athletes (men and women) 50 and older will be coming from all over the world to socialize, greet, and compete in a variety of competitions such as (Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Golf and many more events.)

 Many of the athletes have been competing in the games for years. The hope is to always win a medal but most of all about about friendship and seeing friends once again.

We look forward to having participants coming back to our hotel once again and wish everyone good luck during this 2011 Huntsman World Senior Games.

The Opening Ceremonies are on October 4th at 7:00 P.M. at The Dixie State College Hansen Stadium. The Special speaker will be seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller!  Admission is free so come and celebrate this special event with all of these great athletes!

TIP:   If you are able to plan around this event try to arrive after the games conclude.  The slow season for the St. George area begins after the games conclude and rates tend to go down slightly

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September 8, 2011

3 Diamonds with AAA

AAA Travel in St. George, Utah

 

Hey!  We had our AAA Club inspection yesterday and are approved as a 3 Diamond property!   What makes this so awesome?  Over the past three years the AAA has become much more strict and detailed in their inspections, making the possibility to earn a 3 diamond rating all the more difficult.  This means we have the endorsement from their great company about our great company.  I love this property!

For those who are AAA Travel members, there is a AAA Travel office located just off the Washington City exit 10.  (844 W Telegraphs, Suite #4, Washington, Utah)  It is in the same complex as In and Out Burger.  Their phone number is: 435-656-3990.

And remember, all AAA Travel members receive a 10% discount off the regular daily rate!

(There are exceptions of course with a few holidays or special events, call for details) 

Click HERE to link to the AAA Travel Branch Locator Page

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July 24, 2011

Pioneer Day – July 24th to be Celebrated July 25th

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The first company of Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, officially entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake on 24 July 1847. For Latter-day Saints, this event has come to signal the founding of a new homeland for the purpose of establishing their earthly Zion.

Mormon pioneers first commemorated this new beginning in 1849. The celebration took place near the spot that Young had recently designated as the site of a future temple, the holiest place in Mormondom. The observance consisted of a procession which led Brigham Young from his home to a bowery on Temple Square to which members of the nearly twenty local LDS congregations had marched earlier that morning behind their respective bishops. Under the bowery, Young presided over a devotional full of both religious reverence and zeal. The celebration ended with a thanksgiving feast for a bountiful harvest and the blessings of a merciful God.

From these obscure but auspicious beginnings, Pioneer Day (also called Covered Wagon Days, Days of `47, or simply July 24th) has grown into one of the largest regional celebrations in the United States. Salt Lake City remains the center of this observance, but the founding of a Mormon homeland is annually commemorated throughout the Mormon Culture Region and elsewhere among LDS congregations. In the words of sociologist Thomas O’Dea, Pioneer Day has become “the greatest Mormon holiday.”

July 25th will be a state holiday.  Banks, and government agencies and some businesses will be closed.

The Days of ’47 Parade will be televised on Changel 5 begining at 9:00am.

From Utah History Encyclopedia Click HERE to read more.

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July 18, 2011

There’s an APP for Zion National Park!

Zion National Park

Zion National Park "has and app for that"

The Zion National Park app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring the 7th most visited national park in the United States, delivers a 45 minute audio tour of Zion Canyon, a high-resolution GPS-enabled map, constantly updated ranger led activities, over 75 photos and much more.
CLICK HERE TO Read the rest of the article by Jared Preusz, Fox 13 Web Content Producer

Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, plan hikes, review key safety information, learn about over 250 points of interest and access a complete list of facilities including locations of all the restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas in the park.

Like the Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Zion app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS-enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest. Unlike other apps for the park, the map works without the need for a cell or data connection and is specifically designed for the mobile app platform.

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July 8, 2011

Sorry, NO Pets

The hotel industry continues to change and evolve with some properties beginning to offer pet rooms and services.  Though several of the owners and staff of the Best Western Coral Hills have pets as well, the property currently does NOT accept pets.  This is mainly out of consideration for our guests who have severe allergies to pet dander.

For our guests traveling with pets we recommend Red Rock Pet Resort located on 800 East just off St. George Boulevard and only 6 blocks from the hotel.  They have an outstanding staff, facility and have security provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click on the picture below to link to the Red Rock Pet Resort.

Red Rock Pet Resort

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June 18, 2011

Tax Exempt Changes at Hotels

Effective July 1, 2011 hotel guest affiliated with certain tax exempt entities will be required to pay all lodging taxes at the time of purchase.  Tax exempt entities recognized by the State of Utah may be eligible for tax exempt status for hotel stays but will need to file a refund claim for taxes paid from the Utah State Tax Commission.

There are a few exceptions to the change. You will not need to pay the tax upfront if you qualify as one of the following and sign a TC-721 or TC-721G certificate.

Exceptions to the new law are:

  1. Federal entities and registered diplomats

2.  Religious and Charitable organizations making purchases of $1,000 or more, or who have entered into a tax-exempt contract with the hotel.

If your organization qualifies for a reimbursement of sales or transient room tax please contact the Utah State Tax Commission for filing directions.

Find information and the necessary forms at www.tax.utah.gov.

If you have questions please contact the Utah State Tax Commission at 801-297-2200.

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May 23, 2011

Use Trip Advisor to Help Plan Your Trips


Planning a trip can be a challenge and sometimes stressful.  Having a local guide share little known tips or a fellow traveler who has already experienced an area, hotel or attraction can be extremely helpful.   This is where TripAdvisor can really help.  TripAdvisor is filled with reviews from prior travelers who share their experiences so you can be fairly assured of what’s waiting for you.

Occasionally, even with the best of planning and in the best of accommodations, things can go awry.  When this occurs it is helpful to vent and share feelings of frustration.  Generally speaking however, it is most appropriate to allow any offending person or business to understand your needs and make amends prior to bringing it to public attention.  Once made aware of any unpleasant issues most circumstances can be addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. 

Hoteliers in the St. George area are very eager to serve your needs and offer a pleasant stay.  They are also eager to share their guests “excellent” comments for all to see. 

May all your travels be filled with wonder!

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May 6, 2011

Transportation Services for St. George

The Best Western Coral Hills offers shuttle service to and from the St. George Airport (SGU) between 8am and 10pm, please be aware there is a $10 charge per room.  

The St. George Shuttle has waiting transportation for all arriving flights.  They will deliver you to the Best Western Coral Hills for a fee of $10 per person.  If possible, be certain to give them advance notice to reserve a seat.

Shuttle Service to and from Las Vegas (LAS) and Salt Lake City (SLC) airports are provided by:

Aztec Shuttle                  435-656-9040              Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, St. George and Surrounding Areas

Canyon Country Shuttle       435-229-7575                 Las Vegas (Shuttles powered by Propane Gas)

Elite Transportation Services         435-627-0666               Southern Utah & Nevada Limousine Service

Executive Shuttle                 800-933-8320              Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Provo

St George Express               435-652-1100                 Las Vegas, Zion (Shuttles powered by Natural Gas)

St. George Shuttle               435-628-8320               Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Provo

 St. George also has several Taxi providers from which to choose.   Below are their phone numbers:

Budget Taxi                      435-467-2834

Quality Cab                      435-656-5222

Ready Cab                        435-467-8294 (TAXI)

St George Express          435-652-1100

St. George Shuttle          435-628-8320

Taxi USA                           435-656-1500

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April 18, 2011

SUNTRAN is St. George’s Public Tranportation

Click Here for Suntran Website

Click HERE for Suntran Website

The Suntran Website has been designed to provide everything you need to know to ride SunTran. However, if you have any questions, please call them at 673-TRAN (8726).

SunTran is the City of St. George’s public transit system. Whether you need a ride to work, school, shopping or somewhere fun, we offer you an easy, comfortable and economical alternative to driving. St. George is committed to providing public transportation service that shines!

Hours and Holidays

SunTran buses run Monday through Saturday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The buses do not run on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Pioneer Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Four Convenient Routes

SunTran buses provide service on four routes throughout St. George. Buses run Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The four routes connect at our Transit Center at Dixie State College 100 South 1000 East. All routes depart from the transit center every 40 minutes.

Comfortable Buses

SunTran’s eye-catching buses are climate controlled for year-round comfort and are fully wheelchair accessible. Our buses are also equipped with bike racks so you can bike to the bus stop and then take your bike along for the ride.

Click Here for Suntran Website

Click Here for Suntran Website

Over 60 Bus Stops Citywide

SunTran buses pick up and drop off passengers at over 60 bus stops throughout St. George. Each stop is marked with this type of sign. For safety and convenience, many stops are located off of the highway in parking lots or on side streets. If you are unsure of the location of a stop, call us for directions. To make riding SunTran as comfortable as possible, we will be adding bus shelters at popular bus stops.

 Fares and Passes

Your can pay your fare in cash or with one of our convenient pre-paid passes.

Cash Fares

You can pay your fare in cash by simply dropping the exact change in the farebox. Exact fare required. Drivers cannot make change.

CASH FARES

Regular: $1.00
Discount: $.50
Discount for seniors (65+), persons with disabilities and Medicare cardholders.

Children: Free
Under 6 years, with a fare-paying adult

Click Here for Suntran Website

Click Here for Suntran Website

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April 11, 2011

Zion National Park – Kolob Canyons

Zion National Park Kolob Canyons

There are two Kolob sections in Zion National Park; Kolob Canyons located 18-miles south of Cedar City and Kolob Terrace accessed from the town of Virgin, 12-miles from the south entrance of the main section of the park. Both Kolob sections can proudly boast of their magnificent mountains of red sandstone, however the two are as different from each other as they are from Zion Canyon or Zion’s east side.  Kolob Canyons is a remote 30,000 acre block of the park which is located northwest of Zion Canyon.  Its set at a higher elevation than the main park, in fact, it boasts of having the parks highest peak – Horse Ranch Mountain at 8726 feet and some of Zion’s youngest strata. 

Directions – To get to it from Cedar City, travel south on I-15 and take exit 40.  From Zion’s main section, exit the park from Zion’s south entrance.  Drive on SR-9 through the small towns of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin.  Turn right at the stop light in La Verkin and travel through Toquerville to I-15.  Take I-15 north and exit at the signed exit for Kolob Canyons.  It will take about 90-minutes (40-miles) to travel from Zion’s south entrance to Kolob Canyons. Kolob Canyons is open year-round however the road can close due to snow.

The 7-day Zion pass is good for all sections of Zion.
Kolob Canyons Visitor Center:  435.586.9548 Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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